2013-14 Preview: Providence Friars

A talented backcourt and strong freshman class has Friar fans optimistic

Updated: October 9, 2013, 9:31 AM ET
By Mike Hume | ESPN Insider

Cinicinnati/Providence Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsProvidence guard Bryce Cotton averaged 19.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game last season.

Providence Friars

2012-13: 19-15 (9-9)
In-conference offense: 1.00 points per possession (8th)
In-conference defense: 1.02 points allowed per possession (10th)

Ricardo Ledo's departure before ever suiting up for the Friars is definitely a blow, but that aside, Providence finished the 2012-13 season with a record of 9-9 in the Big East, including a 5-3 record against its fellow members in the so-called Catholic Seven. That bodes well as thoughts turn to 2013-14, as does the marked defensive improvement PC made in Year 2 under head coach Ed Cooley.